Friday, 26 April 2013

LoEB: Sleepover

Totally said I'd do better. This week's assignment from the League sees me choosing somewhere culturally pop to take a break for a day or two...


You have the opportunity to spend the night at any residence in pop culture. Where do you go?

Well, I thought long and hard about this. Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends was my first impulsive idea, but I've not seen the show in too long a time, and even then not enough to blog about it. The Addam's Family Mansion would be cool, but summer's finally showing its head; I didn't fancy writing about something so Autumnal (read: Halloween). Then it struck me like a crossbow bolt upside the head: Ladies and Gentlemen, put your blindfolds on - we're going to Sherwood Forest!

The Merriest of Men!
I'm going to maximise my one night stay by not travelling too far; in fact only journeying one hour up the M1. And several centuries back, but that's not important... In '91 I was fully swept up in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves mania (I was 7 at the time); proudly owning the cassette single, the novelization, the Kenner figures, and the first traces of a love of archery. For me the coolest scenes in the film were those of the secret village in the forest, with the tree houses and the huts and the rope swings... With a large woodland on my doorstep, you can imagine how inspirational that was. My homemade attempts were never the same, although a pulley lift made out of an old plastic barrel and a judo belt was remarkably effective. Still, for my trip away, I'd see how the pros did it...

The Coolest of Cucumbers!
And what activity break would be complete without a little sport? It's one thing to get away in the fresh woodland air, but I'd take full advantage of what the village has to offer. Archery contest with history's number one bowman? Yes! Would I have to use my compound bow to even out the odds a little? Most likely!

All in Good Fun...
Then there's the fight training, under Azeem's watchful eye. This vacation is proving to be fun and educational! Funcational, if you will!

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Some portmanteau words are nice. Most are horrible, and that one just made me a little bit sick in my mouth. Anyway, on with the tour!

SWAG.
After a hard days shooting and fighting, I'd be off to see the more refined sights, like Robin's MASSIVE HAUL OF STOLEN TREASURE. I'm poor. Maybe I could take a spare crown, yeah? Then I guess I'd just kick back around the campfire and swill some mead, as Little John regales us all with drunken tales, before falling asleep under the woodland canopy. 

Next morning I'd get up, be led away, and probably pop in to see my sister in Derby for a cuppa on the way home. After waiting a few hundred years for her to be born, I guess. Man, time travel is confusing...

One last thing: DO NOT drop that cigarette!

"...And now we have to start ALL OVER AGAIN!"
That's pretty much the only rule they've got, so, y'know. It's only polite.

Where would other Leaguers go? Well here's where!

Vikki Verka's hanging out with Darla Dimple...
Rediscover the 80's is digging the perks of the 'Burbs... (and with a smokin' Carrie Fisher living across the road, who can blame 'em?)
Achievements in Gaming is up for a night of snooping around in Government secrets...
NERD RAGE is all about the movable swimming pools...
The 30ish Year Old Boy is up for chillin' with Chuck...
And Retro Toy Safari did the Addams Family house some justice!

There are plenty more too; check out this week's assignment for more posts, and thanks for reading!

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